Trade Mark Cluttering: An Exploratory Report

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Georg von Graevenitz

University College London - Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution (ELSE)

Christine Greenhalgh

University of Oxford - Department of Economics

Christian Helmers

Santa Clara University - Department of Economics

Philipp Schautschick

Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law ; Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: April 15, 2012

Abstract

This report explores the problem of "cluttering" of trade mark registers. The report consists of two parts:

The first presents a conceptual discussion of “cluttering” of trade mark registers.

The second part provides an exploratory empirical analysis of trade mark applications at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the European trade mark office (OHIM).

This part contains results of a descriptive and an econometric analysis.

Suggested Citation

von Graevenitz, Georg and Greenhalgh, Christine A. and Helmers, Christian and Schautschick, Philipp, Trade Mark Cluttering: An Exploratory Report (April 15, 2012). Intellectual Property Office Research Paper No. 2012/11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2710618 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2710618

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